Poor, poor Wilfried Zaha. Last summer, he was one of the most sought after young players and the whole footballing world was watching his every move. Now, he is sitting cozy on the bench of a team that is seventh in the Premier League, and cannot even find playing time behind the likes of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
Manchester United, a club that is usually in-demand, has dissolved into a parody of itself after their abysmal Capitol One Cup defeat at the hands of league strugglers Sunderland. Both teams provided fans one of the worst penalty shootouts ever, but it was Gus Poyet’s men that were decidedly less awful that day.
Now, Zaha is getting a second chance at first-team minutes. Unfortunately for him, it is at the same club owned by billionaire and certified crazy-person Vincent Tan. Cardiff City is lucky to get such a great budding talent for the rest of the season, and it is all thanks to new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who used his United connections to secure the deal.
The 21-year-old winger has only made two league appearances, both as a substitute. This seems like utter lunacy with how bad the Red Devils are playing at the moment, but it is David Moyes who sees him in training, and it is he who gets the final say.
Could it be problems with work ethic, a la Kevin De Bruyne at Chelsea? Could it be tactical? Surely it is not the dating-the-bosses-daughter thing from before, right?
Whatever the reasoning may be, Zaha has been unable to showcase the talent that saw him light up the Championship last year with newly promoted Crystal Palace. This move is good for all parties involved, as it will give one of Manchester United’s brightest young stars a chance to grow and get plenty of first-team action, while alleviating his place to be taken by any transfers coming in (for example, Juan Mata).